1. Directed by Oliver Hermanus, South Africa, 2009

    In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother—Shirley Adams—struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley's faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test. First-time director Oliver Hermanus's observant camera holds close to its subjects, capturing the claustrophobia, intimacy and hushed anguish surrounding the tender daily routines of a mother and her child.

    Part of the Global Lens 2010 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  2. Directed by Zhang Chi, China, 2008

    In a poor mining town in western China, the stories of a father and his two children intersect and intertwine, illuminating complicated relationships hidden beneath the community’s hardened exterior. Accused of an affair with her manager, the attractive daughter of the household finds herself spurned by her boyfriend and forced to accept an arranged marriage. Her brother dreams of being a singer, but after an unforeseen stint in prison, reluctantly heads into the mines like his father, who spends his days searching for the wife who left him many years ago. Writer-director Zhang Chi’s wise and poetic debut delicately expresses the turmoil of emotion and expectation wrought by a calloused and difficult existence.

    Part of the Global Lens 2010 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  3. Directed by Vladimir Perisic, Serbia, 2009

    On a seemingly average day, a busload of young soldiers is sent to a remote location in the countryside and given a macabre task: the execution of a number of civilians. Dzoni, a green recruit, initially objects, but as he moves from one killing to the next, he is swept up by the spectre of military authority, and quickly becomes desensitized by the apparently routine nature of his task. As he nears the end of his assignment, the quiet horror of the day slowly begins to affect him, forcing a painful reconciliation with his actions. Set in an unspecified time of conflict in the Balkans, director Vladimir Perisic’s highly attuned and unsentimental lens captures the psychological toll of war on its participants, and the universal struggle of all soldiers to reconcile morality with action.

    Part of the Global Lens 2010 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  4. Directed by Rajesh Shera, India, 2008

    In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera’s debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss.

    Part of the Global Lens 2010 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  5. Directed by Granaz Moussavi, Iran, 2009

    In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. Beginning with details of her doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian and their plan to relocate to Adelaide, she recounts her struggle to work as an actress under Iran’s current regime, her hope for a future ultimately dashed by the devastating discovery of her illness, and her need to “escape” the only home she has ever known. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.

    Part of the Global Lens 2010 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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Global Lens 2010 includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Algeria, China, Iran, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Serbia, Uruguay and Vietnam. Films from Global Lens 2010 are available for non-theatrical bookings and will be released on…


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Global Lens 2010 includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Algeria, China, Iran, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Serbia, Uruguay and Vietnam. Films from Global Lens 2010 are available for non-theatrical bookings and will be released on DVD throughout the year. Visit globalfilm.org for more information.

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